Since its founding in 1997, Assembledge+ has been pursuing an architecture that is driven by a commitment to collaboration and craftsmanship with the goal of creating enduring environments that are user-focused, innovative and sustainable.
We believe in the art of collaboration. The name Assembledge+ was deliberately chosen to convey the firm’s passion for “assembling” all the often-complex elements of the design process in order to produce an architecture that is precise, considered, and placed firmly on the leading edge of contemporary discourse. The + signifies an approach that looks at the whole as an inextricable combination of interrelated parts as we continue searching for better, more efficient, and innovative ways to construct modern living and working environments. In the spirit of this approach, we consistently challenge traditional limitations as to what can be achieved within typical constraints and use new technologies, materials and contemporary building techniques in the creation of an architecture that not only meets practical requirements but also inspires.
LEADERSHIP The firm is led by David Thompson, Design Principal & Founder, who was joined by his father in 2013, Richard Thompson, FAIA, as Principal of Urban Design. Together, this father-son duo continues to build upon the firm’s commitment to active collaboration and are expanding their capability to address larger scale projects in the urban and campus environment. Our principals and talented staff from diverse backgrounds, embrace challenges and deliver both imaginative and innovative architectural and urban planning solutions. With extensive experience in the design and execution of residential, commercial and urban planning projects, Assembledge+ offers high levels of design sensitivity, technical expertise, and hands-on principal involvement to every project, large or small.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY + METHODOLOGY Steeped in the history and continuing innovation of modern design, Assembledge+ shares a deep passion for contemporary world architecture and its execution in the temperate Southern California climate. The firm strives to provide a unique architectural response to each project paying careful attention to the context; both the site itself as well as the neighboring community. Following in the tradition of Southern California modernist design, Assembledge+ creates elegant and seamless connections between indoor and outdoor spaces extending daily living into nature and supporting our efforts to design responsibly and sustainably.
Assembledge+ practices an architecture of pragmatic response, whereby each project is approached as a blank slate. Our design process begins with a thorough analysis of the site, discussions with the client to establish a program that addresses their needs, both of which form the basis of the initial design. Each design decision integrates aesthetic and contextual imperatives with those of environment, materials, community, sustainability, program, economy, technology, and construction techniques. As an award-winning firm, at Assembledge+ we constantly strive to assemble all the project components into a holistic direction that ultimately creates architecture that exemplifies a harmony between nature and the built environment but perhaps most importantly, creates human environments that support and nourish the people who occupy our buildings.